Print and Book Art
Women, The New York School, and Other True Abstractions
Paperback ISBN: 1609381092
Maggie Nelson provides the first extended consideration of the roles played by women in and around the New York School of poets, from the 1950s to the present, and offers unprecedented analyses of the work of Barbara Guest, Bernadette Mayer, Alice Notley, Eileen Myles, and abstract painter Joan Mitchell as well as a reconsideration of the work of many male New York School writers and artists from a feminist perspective.
Hardcover ISBN: 1616890487
If there is, indeed, nothing lovelier than a tree, Connecticut-based artist Bryan Nash Gill shows us why. Creating large-scale relief prints from the cross sections of trees, the artist reveals the sublime power locked inside their arboreal rings. Gill creates patterns not only of great beauty but also year-by-year records of the life and times of fallen or damaged logs. He rescues the wood from the property surrounding his studio and neighboring land, extracts and prepares blocks of various species (including ash, maple, oak, spruce, and willow), then makes prints by carefully following and pressing the contours of rings and ridges until the intricate designs transfer from tree to paper. The results are colored, nuanced shapes—mesmerizing impressions of the structural integrity hidden inside each tree. These exquisitely detailed prints are collected and published here for the first time, with an introduction by esteemed nature writer Verlyn Klinkenborg and an interview with the artist describing his labor-intensive printmaking process. Also featured are Gill's series of printed lumber and offcuts, such as burls, branches, knots, and scrubs. Woodcut will appeal to anybody who appreciates the grandeur and mystery of trees, as well as those who work with wood and marvel at the rich history embedded in its growth.
Yumoto Koichi Collection
Paperback ISBN: 4756249736
Yokai are a class of supernatural monsters in Japanese folklore. In the Edo period (1603-1868), many artists, such as Hokusai Katsushika or Kuniyoshi Utagawa, created works featuring yokai that were inspired by folklore or their own imaginations. This book contains a lot of art works of Japanese yokai from the Edo period to today and includes not only paintings but also wood block prints, scrolls, ceramics, kimonos, wooden sculptures, magazines, toys for children, such as board games, and more. This is the second series from the Yokai Museum and showcases a new collection of works, including never-before-seen works. All of the works featured in this book are from the personal collection of Koichi Yumoto, who will be opening the Yokai Museum in Hiroshima in 2018. Yumoto's own commentary on the works and the history of yokai are also included. This book will certainly appeal to Japanese art lovers, fans of yokai and also to those who are new to these fascinating supernatural creatures. It is also a valuable reference and source of inspiration for designers and illustrators.
Masterpieces from the Ed Freis Collection
Paperback ISBN: 9004219587
Influential into the present day for his inventive compositions, use of graphic designs, and innovative treatment of the figure, Yoshitoshi is one of Japan's foremost woodblock artists. Published in an oversized format (9.75x11.75") and filled with full-page color plates of the highest quality, this volume catalogs 113 woodblock prints by Yoshitoshi, with lengthy entries describing the story behind the scene depicted. Two lengthy essays provide a biography of the artist and discuss his career. The prints are divided by theme and type with an essay introducing each section, making this a rich source for Japanese folktales, artistic motifs, history, myth, and customs as well as their rendition in woodcut print. Appendices describe the artist's illustrated books and his serial graphics. Hotei is an imprint of Brill. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)